Pennant hints at backroom unrest

Tampines star Jermaine Pennant shed some light on the financial situation of his club with FourFourTwo, and ironically, he would like some answers too...

Contrary to recent reports, Tampines Rovers star Jermaine Pennant shared that the players have not received much information with regards to their financial situation.

Just last week, Krishna Ramachandra had admitted that the club is facing “cash-flow issues” and that he had asked the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) for help.

“We haven’t got into too much depth regarding the situation,” Pennant stated when asked if the players had been given assurance on the club’s financial status.

“I’m sure they are looking to resolve it as soon as possible. Tampines are a very big club in this league.

“I don’t know how or what’s going behind the scene to get into this situation, but that’s up to the owners and the board to run the club.”

Despite the uncertainty, Pennant believes the squad are focused solely on carrying on with their jobs on the pitch.

While results haven’t gone their way – the Stags have lost three of their last four games in all competitions – the former Arsenal and Liverpool winger has backed the team to bounce back against Warriors FC on Saturday, even though he might not be playing due to injury.

“That's all we are thinking about, getting the right results and doing more for ourselves,” Pennant explained.

“So all that aside, we can't really get involved in that too much because it's not our profession, it's not what we are good at, so we leave that to the people who know what they are doing.

“They (his teammates) should be good. If I'm not on the bench or not involved, I'm sure the players who are out there or filling in for me can do the job.

“I'm not worried, neither is the team worried about me not playing. I think they are all confident in their own abilities.”

In fact, the 33-year-old believes that the poor form is not worrying at all.

“I would say we haven't had a problem,” Pennant said.

“In the league we've only lost one game. We've got two games in hand on Albirex (Niigata (S) – the current league leaders). If we win tomorrow we are only a win behind them so, it's not an issue with the league form.

“In the AFC Cup, if we win the last game we qualify, so I don't think there's too much of a concern.

“I'm still enjoying myself… hopefully we can start climbing the table, get points on the board so we start drifting away from other teams.”

Pennant was speaking at the PUMA Tricks range boot launch in Singapore.

In celebration of the launch of the new PUMA Tricks boots, fans and consumers can also take on the Tricks challenge from now until this Sunday, 1 May 2016.

Participants will dribble the ball through a series of boundary poles and clock the fastest time over this weekend. The person with the fastest time will win a pair of autographed PUMA Tricks boots by Thierry Henry, Adam Lallana or Cesc Fabregas.